Chairman and CEO
He joined Accor’s Board of Directors in 2005 and, via Colony Capital, became a Paris Saint-Germain shareholder in 2006 and the club’s Chairman in 2009.
In August 2013, he resigned from his duties at Colony Capital and was appointed Chairman and CEO of Accor.
Sébastien has been Chairman of the Théâtre du Châtelet’s Board of Directors since 2015 (and a Board member since 2013), is Vice-Chairman of the Gustave Roussy Foundation’s Supervisory Board, and has been a member of GE’s Board of Directors since 2016.
Chris J. Cahill
Deputy CEO & CEO Hotel Operations
Prior to joining Accor, Chris worked as Executive Vice-President Global Operations for Las Vegas Sands Corp, a publicly traded casino operator with activities in the US, China and Singapore. Previously, from 1993 to 2012, Chris served in various capacities at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) and its predecessor companies, including as President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operational performance of all brands worldwide.
He joined Accor’s Executive Committee in July 2016 as CEO Luxury Brands when the Group finalized the acquisition of FRHI and CEO North America, Central America and Caribbean Region. His perimeter extends in September 2018, when he has been appointed Deputy CEO & CEO Hotel Operations of Accor.
Chris also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Temple Hotels Inc. and sits on the Board of Directors of Morguard Corporation.
Deputy CEO & CFO
He began his career at Deloitte, where he spent 5 years conducting audits and consulting assignments in Paris then Montreal. He then spent 13 years in the international high-tech sector, first with Motorola in Geneva and then with ON Semiconductor in the USA. He went on to work as Chief Financial Officer in a start-up for Communicant AG in Berlin. He joined Alstom in 2005 and notably served as Chief Financial Officer for the Power Service sector, and subsequently the Transport sector, before his promotion as Group Chief Financial Officer.
He was appointed to the Accor's Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officer in 2015. In 2018, he was promoted to Deputy CEO in charge of Finance, Strategy, Legal, Communications and Procurement.
Chief Talent & Culture Officer
Steven Daines started his career in Florida as a Purser on cruise ships before joining Accor in 1994. For 10 years, Steven worked in Accor’s subsidiary for Train services, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, in France, the UK, Spain and eventually in Italy where he was Country Manager for 5 years. Steven then switched to the Hotel Business and held several positions in regional hotel operations, in France and South America. In 2012, he was appointed General Manager for Formule 1 and ibis Budget for France.
He was appointed at the Executive Committee in 2014, as Regional CEO in charge of Northern Europe and Russia. He was afterwards in charge of Middle East and Africa and of the New Businesses division until end of 2017, joining then Affidea, the European leader in the operation of Diagnostic Centers, in the healthcare business.
In November 2019, he was appointed Chief Talent & Culture Officer and member of Accor’s Executive Committee.
Chief Strategy Officer
Fabrice Carré is graduated from ESSEC Business School and holds a Public Works Engineer degree from ESTP (Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics).
Fabrice started his career in 2001 at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting (now Bearingpoint) as Strategy Consultant and then went on, as manager, to drive restructuring, performance and growth management assignments in several CAC 40 companies, operating in energy, telecoms or technology and in government agencies and public institutions.
Fabrice joined Accor as Strategic project manager in 2006. In 2008, he was part of the new Strategy Department, which led the split between Accor Hospitality and Accor Services. In 2010, he was appointed Strategy & Investment VP, expanding his responsibilities to include financial analysis of all the Group's development and investment projects. He was promoted Strategy & Investment SVP in 2013 and was part of the team driving Accor's transformation with the HotelServices / HotelInvest split, as well as the acquisition of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI). Mid-2016, he became SVP Strategy & Corporate Finance responsible for financial management and performance monitoring of Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Loyalty and IT activities, in addition to his existing missions. Fabrice led the internal team in charge of the Booster project.In October 2020, Fabrice Carré is appointed Chief Strategy Officer and joins the Group’s Executive Committee.
Gilles de Richemond
Chief Technology Officer
Gilles de Richemond graduated from the IPSA engineering school.
Gilles began his career in 1998 as a journalist in the Tests Group before creating Archimétrie, a software editor company. In 2004, he joined TPS then Canal+ as Manager of Distributed IT and went on to become CIO of Transavia France in 2007. In 2012, Gilles became Managing Director of Voyages-SNCF Technologies where he was in charge of technology for voyages-sncf.com as well as the SNCF Digital Factory. He is a founding member of the Agile Consortium France club.
At the end of 2017, Gilles joined Accor as Chief Information Officer responsible for piloting the cultural and technological transformation of the IT department as a business partner.
Gilles de Richemond joined the Group’s Executive Committee upon his appointment to Chief Technology Officer in October 2020.
Group Chief Commercial Officer in charge of Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Loyalty
Graduated from INSEAD, Patrick Mendes holds an MBA in Management and Marketing from IAE Aix-en-Provence, a Master in Management from University of Chambery after studying at the “Hospitality Management School” in Bordeaux.
After an experience in real estate development. Patrick started working for Edenred (Payment & Loyalty solutions) in 1994 supporting business development and moved from Paris to Lisbon in 2000 to run Edenred Spain and Portugal.
In 2005, Patrick joined the Accor Group, to lead an international team as Senior VP Global Sales & Distribution. In 2011, he moved to Latin America – one of the Group’s key markets as COO Luxury and Midscale brands, based in Sao Paulo.
In 2015, he became CEO Latin America and joined the Group's Executive Committee.
French born and citizen of the world, father of 3, Patrick has worked in many geographies (Europe, Asia Pacific, USA, Latin America...) and has an extensive global experience from the field to top management positions. In all his roles, Patrick strongly contributed to business performance whilst being a strong advocate of CSR and a diversity Champion.
In October 2020, Patrick Mendes takes over a global responsibility as Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in charge of Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Loyalty.
CEO Southern Europe
Maud Bailly began her studies in modern literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, before continuing with a Master's degree in Public Administration at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Graduated from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, she began her career in 2007 at the Inspection Générale des Finances, where she carried out several strategic and financial audit assignments in France and abroad, notably for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
In 2011, she joins the SNCF where she received training in rail traffic safety certification before being appointed Director of Paris Montparnasse station and Deputy Director of TGV product coordination for the Paris Rive Gauche area. In 2014, she becomes Director of Trains. In this capacity, she is responsible for coordinating the network and transforming the professions of the SNCF’s 10,000 ticket collectors and 3,000 station agents.
In May 2015, she joins French Prime Minister Manuel Vall’s office as Head of the economic & digital department responsible for economic, budget, fiscal, industrial and digital affairs. She works on various issues such as withholding tax, Brexit and the Digital Republic Act on data protection and accessibility.
She leaves in December 2016, returning to the Inspection Générale des Finances to lead an assignment on the issues of the connected vehicle.
In April 2017, Maud Bailly joins Accor as Chief Digital Officer, member of the Executive Committee, in charge of Digital, Data, Information Systems, Distribution, Sales and Customer Experience (loyalty program, CRM, customer service, digital marketing).
On May 2018, Maud joins the French Digital Council, (CNNum), a 30 people circle nominated by the French Minister of Digital to work on the challenges of the digital transition in France and its economic and societal impacts. She contributes to the report " Travailler à l’ère des plateformes ; mise à jour requise" (Working in the age of platforms; update required).
In October 2020, Maud Bailly becomes Chief Executive Officer for Southern Europe, with the mission to operate and develop the Group's business in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta and Israel. As a member of the Executive Committee, she is responsible for the operational performance and the quality of customer and partner relations in this strategic region.
Additionally, Maud is very committed to coaching and teaching, she gives regular trainings on performance, digital transformation stakes and organizations.
Gaurav Bhushan holds a MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and a post graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).
Gaurav is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism both at strategic and operational levels.
Gaurav began his career at Accor in Australia in 1995, holding various positions in operations and finance. In 2000, he moved into the hotel network development, taking the position of Business Development Manager then Head of Development for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and then VP Development for North Asia and the Pacific in 2004. He has been heading the Asia-Pacific development teams and coordinating development through joint ventures and partnerships in the region, since 2006. During this period, Gaurav led, amongst other strategic achievements, the acquisition of Mirvac Hotels & Resorts in Australia and New Zealand and he initiated the partnership with Huazhu in China.
Gaurav was appointed Global Chief Development Officer of Accor in 2015 therefore responsible for the Group’s network development worldwide as well as of M&A and Strategic Partnerships. Under his drive, Accor footprint experienced an unprecedented expansion with the opening of one hotel a day in average and the signing of over 500 hotels a year.
Gaurav Bhushan joined the Group’s Executive Committee in January 2017 and is currently board member of Accor Invest, Huazhu, 25Hours, Banyan Tree, Rixos and sbe.
In October 2020, Gaurav Bhushan is appointed CEO of the Lifestyle division.
CEO South America
Thomas Dubaere is a graduate of the Brussels Hotel School and has a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Leuven.
Thomas began his career with Accor in Belgium at the Novotel Bruges Centre and held several General Manager Positions, before being appointed Delegate Director Economy Brands (ibis, Etap & hotelF1) Belgium in 2004, and then Director of Operations Economy Brands Belgium and Luxembourg in 2005. In 2010, Thomas transferred to the UK as Managing Director Economy Brands Accor UK & Ireland. Two years later, in 2012, he was appointed Managing Director UK & Ireland.
In 2017, he successfully integrated Fairmont properties, The Savoy and Fairmont St Andrews, into the UK network and expanded its upscale offering under the MGallery and Pullman brands.
He was appointed Chief Operating Officer Northern Europe in 2018, in charge of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
In October 2020, Thomas Dubaere is appointed CEO South America and joined the Group’s Executive Committee.
CEO North & Central America
A seasoned professional with an extensive hospitality background spanning more than 30 years, Heather began her career at Fairmont Banff Springs in the Canadian Rockies. After moving through progressive sales & marketing positions in a number of Fairmont properties, she joined the corporate ranks as Vice President, Sales & Distribution, for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.
In 2007, she returned to hotel operations as Regional Vice President for Central Canada and General Manager for Fairmont Royal York, a position she held for six years, before returning to the corporate office as Senior Vice President, Operations, Americas with FRHI.
In her most recent role as Executive Vice President of Operations, North & Central America Region for Accor, she was responsible for more than 115 hotels, 10 brands in 10 countries, 28,000 employees, and over $3 billion in revenue.
Heather joined the Group’s Executive Committee upon her appointment to CEO, North & Central America, in April 2019.
Simon McGrath has worked in the tourism and hospitality sector for three decades, including Malaysia, Thailand and throughout the Pacific region in major resorts and hotels.
He held senior executive positions in hotel groups including Southern Pacific Hotels (SPHC) and Rydges Hotel Groups before joining Accor.
Simon joined Accor as General Manager at Sofitel Reef Casino Cairns in 2005. In 2007 he was promoted to Vice President Operations for the Group’s Australian hotels and in 2012 to Chief Operating Officer of hotels across the Pacific region. During this period Simon has held leadership roles on major Tourism boards throughout the region.
In October 2020, Simon was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific and member of Accor’s Executive Committee.
CEO Northern Europe
Duncan O’Rourke holds a degree from César Ritz Colleges in Switzerland and a MBA from Reims Management School.
With more than 30 years’ experience within the industry, he held several executive positions in Europe, the US and the Middle East. From 2004, he served as General Manager for Kempinski in various destinations before being promoted to the position of Regional Director overseeing the Operations of the properties in the Middle East. In 2008, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Kempinski Hotels and became part of the Management Board at the same time.
Duncan joined Accor in 2016 as COO Europe for the Luxury and Premium segment before taking over his most recent role as COO Central Europe. In his capacity, he has been responsible for more than 470 hotels and 13 brands within Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Duncan became a member of the Group’s Executive Committee upon his appointment to CEO Northern Europe in October 2020.
CEO Greater China
Gary Rosen, an American national, holds a Bachelor Degree International/Global Studies with the University of Hartford, USA and completed an Executive Management and Global Leadership programme with Harvard Business School. He also completed a full-time immersion programme at the CTC-CIS Language Institute in Xi’an and Shanghai, and as a result has a strong command of Mandarin and deep understanding of Chinese culture.
Prior to joining Accor, Gary was Chief Operating Officer of The Bicestor Village Shopping Collection, a chain of the world’s most unique and preferred luxury retail shopping destinations in China and Europe. Prior to that, Gary held executive leadership positions from operations and guest services, to marketing and hotel management as well as corporate sustainability across several large companies including The Walt Disney Company, McDonald’s and InterContinental Hotels Group. The Wall Street Journal recognized him for his innovative leadership in redefining branding and marketing in China.
Gary began his career at Accor as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Greater China in September 2018. Having made China his second home since 2004, he masters knowledge of the aspirations of the China market.
Gary Rosen was appointed to the Accor's Executive Committee as CEO Greater China in October 2020.
CEO South East Asia
Garth Simmons, an Australian national, has more than three decades of experience in hospitality. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management and is a former board member of the New Zealand Tourism Industry Association and also managed Qantas’ First Class Lounge operations in Australia. Before joining Accor, he worked with Rydges Hotels for 18 years.
He joined Accor in 2007 and has held several senior positions within the Group in Asia Pacific. Garth moved to Indonesia in 2015 and was instrumental in reinforcing Accor’s position as the number one operator in both Indonesia and Singapore. As COO for Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and South Asia, he was responsible for overseeing more than 200 hotels and 16 brands across 6 countries.
He is a strong advocate of CSR and has led several causes including Accor’s Race to Survive, which raises millions to provide medical equipment for hospitals in Fiji; A Tree for a Child, which provides healthcare and education in Indonesia; and he was a founder of the ‘Achieving The Dream (ATD) initiative, which supports emerging Indonesian athletes.
Garth Simmons joined the Group's Executive Committee in October 2020 as CEO of South East Asia.
CEO Middle East & Africa
Mark Willis holds an MBA in International Business from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and has completed a number of senior management programs at Cornell University, New York.
Previous to his appointment, he was the President for the Asia region with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a very dynamic area with a robust expansion strategy to open 30 properties by 2020.
With a career spanning over 30 years with leading hospitality companies, including IHG and Sun International, a large portion of his professional life was spent with the the Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group), where he held a number of senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa & Turkey. It was in this role that Mark oversaw all brands within a portfolio of 85 hotels with over 80 hotels in the development pipeline.
Marks brings with him a wealth of operational experience alongside an intuitive knowledge of the Middle East and Africa, a region that he has worked in for over 12 years.
He joined the Group's Executive Committee in September 2018, when the Group finalized the acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
In October 2020, his scope is expanded with the addition of India, Pakistan and Turkey.